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DGA announces Student Film Award winners

November 16, 2009 | 12:27 pm

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The Directors Guild of America has announced the winners of its 15th annual Student Film Awards. The awards, which are designed to honor and encourage outstanding minority and women filmmakers in film schools and at select universities, bring a $2,500 cash prize, as well as a presentation at ceremonies at the DGA locations in Los Angeles and New York City.

The winners are as follows:

AFRICAN AMERICAN:

East Coast Winner: Rashaad Ernesto Green of New York University for "Premature"

West Coast Winner: Edward Osei-Gyimah of USC for "Kwame"

Jury Prize: Sharon Hill of UCLA for "Shades of Gray"

ASIAN AMERICAN:

East Coast Winner: Theresa Wu of Columbia University for "Smoke and Mirrors"

West Coast Winner: Edward Kim of UCLA for "To Wander in Pandemonium"

Jury Prize: Ken Ochiai of American Film Institute for "Half Kenneth"

LATINO:

East Coast Winner: Antonio Mendez Esparza of Columbia University for "Una y Otra Vez"

West Coast Winner: David Martin-Porras of UCLA for "Ida y Vuelta"

Jury Prize: Jessica McMunn Macias of UCLA for "Soleil"

WOMAN:

East Coast Winner: Eliza Subotowicz of Columbia University for "Ben"

West Coast Winner: Erika Cohn of Chapman University for "When the Voices Fade"

Jury Prize: Rebecca Cremona of Art Center College of Design for "Magdalene"

-- Paul Gaita

Photo credit: Directors Guild of America

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